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How can it Bee?

Hello fellow readers, They say one out of every three bites of food depends on a pollinator. According to the Pollinator Partnership, the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated to the protection of pollinators, the U.S. has lost over 50 percent of its managed honeybee

Straw Bales Baby: Kearny Community Garden

Hello fellow readers, I knew little about straw bale gardening until I met Peg and Ed who are entrenched volunteers of the Kearny Community Garden. Peg, a retired 6th grade teacher of 52 years I believe she said, is still teaching; but now her students are gardeners from age 8 to 93.

Worm Composting Part 2

Hello fellow readers, I considered delaying part two of our talk about Worm Composting in the spirit of a more appetizing topic for Thanksgiving, but a promise is a promise. And dinner preparations will make plenty of grub for your worms. For those that missed last week, The Press arc

Worm Composting Part 1

Hello fellow readers, Yay! John from Belvidere asked about worm composting -what fun! The process is called vermicomposting. It takes very little space and there’s little or no odor. Best of all, a couple of pounds of worms can make nutrient-rich compost out of your trash in abo
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Avoid Tomato Carnage; Ripen Indoors!

Hello fellow readers, On August 7th I proudly announced Happy First Tomato! Excited chipmunks didn’t get the first bite; the fate of all my tomato attempts in years past. Don’t laugh -I displayed my single bounty for a few days on the windowsill before I indulged in its am

A Jiffy Jar of Japanese Beetles

Hello fellow readers, I saw the first of the season as did Tom of Mt. Bethel who asked if he should hang the Japanese beetle traps you find at the hardware store.  The subject opens up a can of worms… or should I say grubs. Studies have shown that these pheromone lures attract many mo

Burn-Out an Organic Weed Control

Welcome to Rave Reviews! One of my favorite and most important recommendations:  Use Burn-Out, an organic alternative to Roundup, for weed control. Burn-Out Weed & Grass Killer by St Gabriel Organics made from clove oil and citric acid, is a broad spectrum natural herbicide that k

Aphids on Roses

Hello fellow readers, Michele of Sparta asked how to keep aphids off her newly adopted Knock Out Rose. Her other had been devastated by aphids last year and predicts Knock Out #2 will be impacted. Aphids are small sap-sucking insects destructive to plants that overwinter as eggs and a
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Goat Get ‘Em

Hello fellow readers, I had the privilege of meeting with Josh of Stillwater who adopted Skippy and Jay Jay in March at 5 weeks old weighing in at 15 pounds each. His ‘Kids’, the actual name for baby goats said Josh, are Toggenburg goats named after the Toggenburg valley in Switzerlan